“Though my mother is not the kind of person to make beauty pronouncements, her example can be boiled down to this: If you have great hair, you can keep the rest simple. She never wore much makeup, but she always had a beautiful haircut and regularly went in for highlights. I have always followed her example, and when I worry that it may not be wise to spend a small fortune on my hair, I remember how great she looked. If you can buy yourself a little self-assurance, it is always money well spent.
My mother’s most important piece of advice: ‘Take care of your neck. You never think of your neck until it’s too late.’ So now I always moisturize it.”
“My mom’s word of advice with diet: ‘Everything in moderation.’ At 61, she’s still thin, which is in part thanks to good genes, and also because of her eating habits. She’s not a health nut by a long stretch. Actually, by any stretch. She loves ice cream, potato chips, and the occasional apple-tini or Guinness stout. She doesn’t deny herself sweets or snacks—she just doesn’t overdo them. Definitely something I’ve stuck to over the years.”
“When I was growing up, my mom would always tell me, ‘Keep your hands off your face! Do you know how many germs you have encountered today? Get them away from that beautiful face!’ I finally started listening to her advice, and my skin is thanking me for it.”
“While most children try to wiggle away from their parents as they slather them with sunscreen at the beach, I never did. My mother has survived malignant melanoma twice, and the best beauty advice she ever gave me was to stay out of the sun (which was hard as a child in South Florida!), never even think of using tanning oil, and to wear sunscreen every single day. I now make sure almost all of my products have SPF—my morning moisturizer, my BB cream, and even my lip balm.”Use a good body lotion every single time you shower, no excuses. Do it as soon as you get out, especially in the winter.”
“My favorite beauty advice my mother ever gave me—and that I believe she lifted from Jackie O.—was to dedicate one night a week at home to take care of yourself. Paint your nails, whiten your teeth, use a face mask, deep-condition your hair, whatever it is you do, while listening to music or watching TV or anything else you enjoy. Whenever I tell her about my hectic schedule, she likes to remind me of this one.”
“My mom always taught me not to overtweeze or wax my eyebrows. She has always liked the look of fuller brows, and I went through much of my teen years with too-far-apart, too thin brows. She (thankfully) wouldn’t let me tweeze them quite as much as I wanted to. I’m so glad that she helped me realize how much better it looks not to have pencil-thin brows and that I was able to bounce back from the sparse ones I had in my teen years. Yikes.”